Live Aquarium Snail
Snails can be a beneficial addition to your aquarium. Most aquarium snails are scavengers that will happily feed on algae and decomposing plants, and naturally help to maintain a clean environment for your fish.
Differences between freshwater and marine aquarium snails
- Freshwater snails – Freshwater aquarium snails thrive in water temperature that is somewhere between 18 and 28 degrees Celsius. As snails use dissolved minerals to build their shells, the ideal water for them is hard and alkaline
- Marine snails – Saltwater or marine snails are small scavengers with a big appetite. These snails effectively clean up leftover food, fish waste and decaying organics as they glide through the aquarium. Many species prefer an established environment with a deep sandbed and live rock
The benefits of live aquarium snails
Snails belong to one of the largest type of organisms, and have over 40,000 recognised species.
Aquarium snails will help to maintain the water quality, in the aquarium, whilst also keeping algae growth in check.
If you keep a planted aquarium it is important that you choose the right snail species to avoid ending up with no plant life at all.
The dedicated aquarium cleaners can easily reach into those nooks that catfish won’t bother with. Although aquarium snails can be a beneficial addition, their numbers must be kept under control. Snails can multiply rapidly in hard alkaline water.
Different types of live aquarium snails
- Red ramshorn snails – Hardy Red ramshorn snails thrive in freshwater or marine aquariums. The scavengers grown up to 2cm in size and make a colourful addition to your aquatic set-up.
- Malaysian trumpet snails – Perfect for ridding your aquarium of decaying food, dead plant matter, fungus from fish eggs and dead fish eggs. They won’t eat live plants.
- Live assassin snails – These adult sized snails keep your snail population under control. They will eat up your pest snails.